With the value of everything going up in the present day, the safety and security of it has gained prominence. There is no doubt that boom barriers can be used as one of the efficient security system for protection. There are two types of it, namely, automatic and manual. The manual one is simply a barrier or gate, but the automatic one is called as “boom barrier”. This article deals with the latter one. Many would have come across these in their day-to-day life in various localities, but has anyone ever thought the uses of it and the different places where it can be put to use?
Boom barrier gate is used mainly at the exit and entrance points of the location namely, offices, buildings, toll booths and parking spaces to name a few. This helps to avoid congestion and brings uniformity in movement of vehicles. Indirectly, it gives security and protection to the cars without getting dashed behind and against each other. The prices of boom barriers vary depending on the type one wants. Whatever be the price of it, one can be assured it is worth every penny because of the easiness, security and safety it provides to the business people who are owners of malls, restaurants expecting huge turnaround of vehicles in their parking lots. So, price factor is minuscule compared to the benefits one reaps from it.
There are different types like automatic boom barrier, electro-mechanical boom barrier, VEGA boom barrier and pneumatic boom barrier. Not all places or situation demand the same type of barriers and as a result many choices are there to choose. For instance, VEGA is used mainly in apartments, housing units or societies where the usage and load is less. Off all the above, electro-mechanical is the most sought after barrier as it can withstand heavy duty and usage without generating much heat and problems. Operation of these barriers can be done using remote control, any latest smart phone devices and RFID tags/readers.
The culmination of the latest technology with boom barriers can be effectively used in parking management solutions. Select the right place to install it depending on the location. These RFID tags capture the number from the number plates in the vehicles and gives effective control for management in entry or exit of the vehicles. One can be of the opinion that it might be complicated and costly as it uses the latest technology, but it is not true. This actually aids in proper and systematic car parking in all multistory buildings and big complexes. After knowing the places and uses of it, it is important to learn how to maintain these for a longer life.
Even though all companies boast about their quality product saying it requires less maintenance. There is no doubt it depreciates due to wear and tear during its useful life. One can follow the below steps to minimize the servicing costs, frequency and to improve its longevity.
Clear off the dust from boom at regular intervals to avoid corrosion and to maintain its sheen. Never turn off the flash lights above the boom barrier, as it helps as an indicator during foggy weather. This saves damage both to the vehicle and the boom barrier. Never change or control the boom manually when it is in operation as it leads to decreased performance in gear box, motor. As a result, the timing of the ascending and descending may vary for each operation and it may become rough at times.
To conclude, the boom barriers need not be an obstacle essentially, but it conveys a message of keeping everything in place and under control.